Donation of Equipment

Ward Environmental Officer and RFS volunteer Rowan Grace was pleased to deliver some face masks to his unit at Copacabana on the NSW Central Coast to assist their fire fighting efforts in the current crisis.

Ward proudly recognises the RFS Supportive Employer Program by providing paid leave to our RFS volunteers like Rowan. 

On behalf of the team at Ward we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the firefighters and volunteers for their hard work.

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Ward BBQ Team Nourish The Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy 2020 Tarsha Gale Under 18’s Women’s Rugby League Squad

The Ward barbecue team had a busy Saturday recently at the Matraville Sports Highschool Oval, cooking up a storm for the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy 2020 Tarsha Gale under 18’s women’s rugby league squad.

The squad were treated to a delicious nutritious spread, featuring chicken and lamb kebabs with salad and baked potatoes, and fresh fruit with yoghurt and honey to follow.

The girls are training hard at the moment, gearing up for the start of the season later this month.

Our BBQ team love firing up the barbie to support these fantastic young footballers who travel from as far as North Queensland to participate in this great competition.

Ward is a proud sponsor of the Sydney Roosters, including the NRLW team and the Tarsha Gale Cup team and its excellent community and indigenous participation program.

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Bush Fires

Ward acknowledges the volunteer firefighting efforts of Michael Leong – Estimator and Rowan Grace- Environmental Co-ordinator who have both taken emergency services leave to assist their local RFS brigades in fighting the current spate of bush-fires on the NSW Central Coast and in the Blue Mountains.

Ward is a proud supporter of the NSW RFS and offers staff emergency services leave to support their excellent work.

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The Ward Welfare and HR team Colm Drumgoole & Leigh-Anne Pye are pictured presenting a $1,000 donation to Mates in Construction’s Natalie Hunt & Heather Drew in recognition of their excellent presentation at the recent Ward Safety Day.

Mates in Construction are leaders in suicide prevention efforts and mental health awareness in our industry.

Ward is a proud supporter of their program and a willing recipient of their training and guidance. 

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Major Milestone

The Ward team recently achieved a major milestone on the Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrade project with the final breakthrough of the slot excavation works beneath the Wakehurst Parkway bridge.

This means there is now continuous access for people and equipment across the entire length of the site without the need to use the public road network. This should reduce the amount of construction traffic on the local road network and so improve the traffic risk environment for both workers and the local community. 

Well done to John Gillan, Jeff Richards and the entire project team for a job well done.

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Suicide Prevention

Well done to Colm Drumgoole and Leigh-Anne Pye on recently completing the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training with Mates in Construction.

It is a sad fact that every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives. This means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide.

Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.

Colm and Leigh-Anne are part of Ward’s efforts to ensure we have gate-keepers available to those who may need assistance or support.

Research has shown us that workers find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues at work and the nature of the work made social support more difficult. Pride was identified as an issue with saying they had a problem being seen as not manly.

If you need help and are on a construction site which has received MATES in Construction training, please contact 1300 642 111.  

Alternatively you can contact 13 11 14 Lifeline Australia that is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day and Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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Project Update!

The Ward team on our Southern Expansion Enabling Works project at Sydney International Airport completed three nights of intensive works to open a temporary road for all traffic leaving the International Terminal on Arrivals Court Road last week. The temporary road frees up space for the remaining works that are part of this exciting project.

Well done to the Project Manager Rory Kelly and his project team on achieving this project milestone with minimum disruption to airport operations.

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New Project Announcement!

Ward is pleased to advise that we have been awarded a contract for the demolition, remediation and civil works required to enable the construction of a replacement aviation foam testing facility at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Head to the “current projects” section of our website to see the full scope of works!

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Annual Golf Day in memory of our Founder Peter Ward

A day filled with warmth, sunshine & a lot of laughter, the 5th Annual Peter Ward Golf day was held on 18 October, and was yet another success!  

On behalf of Ward we would like to say a massive thank you to Moore Park Golf Course, having us covered with everything we need to make our day as special and commemorative as possible.

After some lunch and a few drinks we had 20 teams, teeing off at 1pm for a shotgun start, and with the Peter Ward Trophy at stake you are sure to believe that the tension was high!

As we celebrated this day, we didn’t let it pass without remembering the man who made it all possible. We like to think that Peter would be proud as we continue and strive to uphold his values and what he worked so hard for.

Congratulations to the winning team – Julia Ward, Stephen Troughton, Nick Stama & Ben Maher!

Putting Comp: Ross Traynor

Turkey Prize: Daniel Boyce, Terry McCardle, Beau Westland, Adam McCarthy

Yellow Ball: Colm Drumgoole, Alan Sherlock, Mostafa Nazar, Patrick McMahon

Closest to the Pin: Steve Green

Longest Drive: Rowan Grace

Until next year!

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Annual Safety Day

The 5th Annual Ward Safety Day was held last week with a strong focus on the welfare of all who work within the business.

The day was started with an introduction by COO Brian Mahon on the importance of taking time to reflect on how best to work safely in our high risk environment, followed by CEO Julia Ward’s overview of the business performance during the last year and outlook for the future.

Our WHS team gave a briefing on WHS performance against targets during past 12 months and highlighted lessons learned.

Specialist presentations on the day included:

  • Chain of Responsibility – Terry Grace
  • Managing Silica – Alex Thomson – EP Risk
  • Community & Stakeholder Management – Danielle Amos
  • Suicide Prevention – Kieran Toohey – Mates in Construction

These informative sessions were well received by the team and provided an opportunity to raise any safety and welfare improvement suggestions to help us over the course of coming year.

Well done to Uday Gorrepati, Joe O’Connor and all who assisted in organising the day.

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